ERIC Number: ED349888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May-12
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The Undergraduate Institutional Research Intern: The Win-Win Solution for Student and Office. AIR 1992 Annual Forum Paper.
Cash, R. William
This paper describes how undergraduate student interns were utilized in a one-person institutional research office on a small college campus to improve productivity and provide real-life experiences for upper-class students. The pitfalls and benefits of such use of students are discussed from both the students' and institutional researcher's perspective. Responses to a student intern survey are provided in which students were asked what skills they learned while they were interns; whether they were able to apply these skills elsewhere; in what ways the intern experience helped them in their major and planned career; suggestions they had for improving the internship experience; the most interesting aspects of the internship; and how they would rate their overall experience. Suggestions are made for incorporating such students into the institutional research function. The paper concludes with the observation that internship experiences such as the one described are not only useful in providing hands-on experiences for undergraduates while they are still in college, but also having such persons assisting on various in-house projects enables the office to be more productive. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (32nd, Atlanta, GA, May 10-13, 1992).